Some things to keep in mind for Eid Al-Adha

Posted on December 4, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , |

Assalalm alaikum& Peace to all

Now that we know what Eid Al-Adha is all about I thought I would post some information of ‘what to do’ on this special day, Inshallah it will help to bring some clarity to this holiday and give you an insight of what Muslims do around the world on this day!

Firstly usually the day will start with the Eid Prayer here is a summary of how this prayer is performed.

How To Do Eid-ul-Adha Prayer

(Based on Hanafi School of Islamic fiqh)

Eid is a special occasions and one of the things which makes it so is the Eid-ul-Adha congregational prayer.Since this prayer comes only once a year, there is often confusion about how to perform this prayer.

Here is how to do it:

In general, when praying any Salah, always follow the Imam in prayer. Do not make your movements (i.e. bowing, prostrating, etc.) before he does or different from him.Eid prayer consists of two units (Rakat in Arabic, singular is Raka). The main difference in the way this prayer and any other prayer of two Rakat is performed is the number of Takbirs that are done.
Takbirs is an the Arabic word referring to when “Allahu Akbar” is said and the hands are raised to the ears.

Step 1: Make an intention of doing two Rakat behind the Imam for Eid prayer along with six additional Takbirs.

The First Raka

Step 2: After the Imam has said “Allahu Akbar” the first time, you should raise your hands and follow. This is the first Takbir of the prayer.

Step 3: There will be 3 Takbirs before the Imam starts reciting Quran. Each time the Imam says “Allahu Akbar”, you should follow by raising your hands, then putting them on your sides.

After the third Takbir, the Imam will begin reciting the Quran. At that point, you should put your hands on your chest, with your right hand on top of the left.

Step 4: Listen to the recitation of the Holy Quran. The Imam will recite Surah Al Fatiha (the first Surah of the Quran) and then another Surah.

Step 5: When the Imam says “Allahu Akbar” go into Ruku (the bowing position).

Step 6: Stand up straight when he says Sami Allahu liman Hamidah (Allah hears those who praise Him), and say “Rabbana lakal Hamd” (our Lord praise be to You) in a low voice.

Step 7: When the Imam says “Allahu Akbar” go into Sujud (prostration). You will do two prostrations as in normal prayer.

The Second Raka

Step 8: The Imam will first recite from the Holy Quran (first Surah Al Fatiha and another Surah.

Step 9: After the recitation, before going into Ruku, there will be 3 Takbirs. Follow the Imam. Raise your hands after each “Allahu Akbar”. After the third Takbir, go into Ruku (the bowing position).

Step 10: Stand up straight when the Imam says Sami Allah huliman Hamidah, and say “Rabbana lakal Hamd” in a low voice.

Step 11: When the Imam says “Allahu Akbar” go into Sujud. You will do two prostrations.

Step 12: After this, you sit for the complete Tashshahud.

Step 13: After the Imam ends the prayer by turning to his face to the right first and saying “Assalamu alaikum wa Rahmatullah” and then to his left and doing the same, you should follow.

Step 14: Do not get up right away. The Imam will give a short Khutbah (speech). Please stay still and listen. It is recommended to do so.

The sunnas of the Day of Eid al-Adha include:

1. To adorn oneself according to the Shariah, by:

a. Performing ghusl (this is a confirmed sunnah for the Eid prayer);

b. Brush one’s teeth, using a miswak if possible;

c. Apply perfume;

d. Wear the best clothing one possesses, without excess. White, when available, is optimal;

2. To wake up early, in order to prepare for the sunnas of the day;

3. To go early to the place the Eid prayer is taking place;

4. To delay eating until after the Eid al-Adha prayer;

5. To return from the Eid prayer by a different route to the one taken there, as established by the Prophet’s practice (Allah bless him & give him peace);

6. To walk, when reasonably possible without hardship;

7. To give the takbirs of Eid.

Important Rulings on `Eid

What to Do on the Day of `Eid

Important Rulings on `Eid

The First 10 Days of Dhul-Hijjah: Ethics and Morals

What to do in these 10 days

1. Observing Voluntary Fasting
2. Performing Hajj and `Umrah
3.Doing More Good Deeds in General

4. Offering Sacrifice
5.
Sincere Repentance
6.
Recitation of the Ever-Glorious Qur’an
7. Observing Qiyam Al-Layl & Fajr Prayer
8. `Eid & `Eid Prayer

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6 Articles of Faith

Posted on November 25, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , |

Assalam alaikum & peace to all

I thought I would post up the 6 articles of Faith that all Muslims must adhere to.

There is always so much talk about the 5 pillars – which are important
but somehow these 6 other important items seem to slip by.

  1. Belief in God (Allah), the one and only one worthy of all worship (tawhid).
  2. Belief in all the Prophets (nabi) and Messengers (rusul) sent by God
  3. Belief in the Angels (mala’ika).
  4. Belief in the Books (kutub) sent by God[citation needed] (including the Qur’an).
  5. Belief in the Day of Judgment (qiyama) and in the Resurrection (life after death).
  6. Belief in Destiny (Fate) (qadar).

In Sunni and Shia view, having Iman literally means to have belief in Six articles. However the importance of Iman relies heavily upon reasons. Islam explicitly asserts that belief should be maintained in that which can be proven using faculties of perception and conception.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aqidah

Another good article

http://www.islam101.com/dawah/articlesOfFaith.htm

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Good deeds and forgiveness of sins

Posted on July 3, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , |

Assalam alaikum & peace to all who read this

I drift back sometimes to the days when I was not Muslim and try to think what would have happened if I had not converted?  I cannot know, and am not sure I want to know what would have happened, but Subhanallah (glory to God) that I do not have to worry about that.  I also think about all my good and bad deeds in my life, will those also be carried over to my ‘new’ life?  Islam is the Truth and a way of living life, it is a comfort to know that my previous sins are absolved and that all my good deeds have remained!

Forgiveness for All Previous Sins

When someone converts to Islam, God forgives all of his previous sins and evil deeds.  A man called Amr came to the Prophet Muhammad  and said, “Give me your right hand so that I may give you my pledge of loyalty.”  The Prophet  stretched out his right hand.  Amr withdrew his hand.  The Prophet  said: {What has happened to you, O Amr?} He replied, “I intend to lay down a condition.”  The Prophet  asked: {What condition do you intend to put forward?} Amr said, “That God forgive my sins.”  The Prophet  said: {Didn’t you know that converting to Islam erases all previous sins?}1
After converting to Islam, the person will be rewarded for his or her good and bad deeds according to the following saying of the Prophet Muhammad : {Your Lord, Who is blessed and exalted, is most merciful.  If someone intends to do a good deed but does not do it, a good deed will be recorded for him.  And if he does do it, (a reward of) ten to seven hundred or many more times (the reward of the good deed), will be recorded for him.  And if someone intends to do a bad deed but does not do it, a good deed will be recorded for him.  And if he does do it, a bad deed will be recorded against him or God will wipe it out.}2[

A nice article about how to teach children to do ‘good deeds’ everyday, I thought it fitting as we are ‘reverts’ – sometimes childlike in our wonder and learning! (At least I feel that way!)

Developing Character :recording one good deed a day.

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Raising Children with Islam

Posted on April 14, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , |

“A child’s life is like a piece of paper on which every person leaves a mark.”

Chinese Proverb

I came across this quote and thought what a wonderful way to look at how children learn and how they absorb everything around them. Islam is a way of life and so you should be trying to teach your children basic moral values and ethics. Saw this article and thought I would share it here.

15 Tips to Raising Great Children

Children are easily influenced by their surroundings. These days, it is extremely difficult to expose our children to an ideal Islamic environment given the influences from media, friends and even other members of the family.

With television, radio, Internet and forms of media mostly touting un-Islamic values, it is up to parents and adults close to the children to set the correct example.

It is impossible to shield our children from all the negative forces that can shape their minds and, ultimately, their behavior.

However, by our own example and showing them better options, we can set them on the true path, which is to obey the commandments of Allah (swt) and our Prophet (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him).

Click here to read the 15 Tips

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Children – The next step in life

Posted on April 10, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , |

Assalam alaikum – Having gone through marriage, now the time comes to think about building a family – here are some prayers and thoughts on starting a family in Islam

He it is Who shapes you in the wombs as He pleases. Lâ ilâha illa Huwa (none has the right to be worshipped but He), the All-Mighty, the All-Wise. [Qur’an 3:6]

Du’a (Supplication)

A good dua (supplication) to make when desiring a child:
The Noble Qur’an – Al-A’raf 7:189
It is He Who has created you from a single person (Adam), and (then) He has created from him his wife [Hawwa (Eve)], in order that he might enjoy the pleasure of living with her. When he had sexual relation with her, she became pregnant and she carried it about lightly. Then when it became heavy, they both invoked Allâh, their Lord (saying): “If You give us a Sâlih (good in every aspect) child, we shall indeed be among the grateful.”

Dua for infertile couples:
The du’a of Zakariyya (Zakariah), ‘alayhis-salaam, which he made in his old age while his wife was barren but Allah, swt, answered his call and gave him Yahyah (John), ‘alayhis-salaam.

The Noble Qur’an Al-‘Imran 3:38
“Rabbi hab li min ladunka dhurriyyatan tayyibatan innaka samee’ al-du’aa’ ”
…”O my Lord! Grant me from You, a good offspring. You are indeed the All-Hearer of invocation.” 

WHAT TO DO UPON BIRTH
Recite Adhan in Baby’s Ear

Hadith – Sunan of Abu Dawud #5086, Narrated Abu Rafi’ 

I saw the Apostle of Allah (peace be upon him) uttering the call to prayer (Adhan) in the ear of al-Hasan ibn Ali when Fatimah gave birth to him.

Sweetening the Mouth of the Newborn

Hadith – Sahih Muslim, Abu Dawud, and Ibn Majah Anas said, “I went to the Prophet of Allah, upon him be peace, with ‘Abd Allah ibn Abi Talhah on the day that he was born. The Prophet was wearing a cloak (outside) seeing to a camel. So he said to me, ‘Do you have any dates with you?’ I said, ‘Yes’ and handed them to him. He moistened them with his tongue, opened the child’s mouth, and placed the softened dates inside. When the boy showed that he liked them, the Prophet, upon him be peace, said, ‘This is the love of the Ansar for their dates.’ And then he named the boy ‘Abd Allah.”

Praying for the Newborn

Hadith – Bukhari’s Book of Manners #1260
Mu’awiyah ibn Qurrah said, “When my son Iyas was born, I invited several of the Companions of the Prophet [to a feast] and fed them. Then they prayed (for me and my son). I said, ‘You have prayed, and may Allah bless you for your prayers. Now, I am going to pray, so please say “Ameen” [to all that I pray for]. Then I prayed long for my son’s religion, his mind, and so on.”

Praising Allah for a Healthy Son or Daughter

Hadith – Bukhari’s Book of Manners #1261

Kathir ibn ‘Ubayd said, “Whenever a child was born among them, ‘A’ishah would not ask if it were a boy or a girl. Instead she would ask, ‘Is the child healthy (and without defect)?’ If she was told, ‘Yes,’ she would say, ‘Al-hamdulilah ar-Rabeel Alameen (All praise is for Allah, Lord of All the Worlds.’

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The Mu’min’s Ascension

Posted on February 18, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , |

Assalam Alaikum

I came across this article recently and found it amazing! Alhamduillah – this article has answered one of my long time questions (a question that I have never gotten a good answer for!) It is about the line in our Salah when we offer the blessings on the Prophet – I could never understand (did not make sense to me) why the Prophet would be sending blessings on himself? It is said that we should pray as the Prophet did, and the line is “Peace be upon you, O Prophet, and the mercy and blessings of Allah” it is spoken in the 3rd person and that did not make any sense to me at all… well this article has answered my question!!

Hope you enjoy it!

The Mu’min’s Ascension
November 8th, 2007 by nuruddinzangi

Assalatu M’iraj al-Mu’min

The greatest gift that Allah bestowed on the Muslim Ummah during the Mi’raj, or Ascent of the Prophet Muhammad, salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam, is the 5 daily Salaat prayers.

And it is as if Allah Most High, out of His great generosity, wanted the rest of the Ummah to have their own mi’raj and so made our salaat our mi’raj. “The Salaat is the M’iraj of the Believer” is a famous Islamic teaching, attributed to the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). I want to share my thoughts on some of the aspects that make this prayer like the mi’raj.

1) The Ascent of the Messenger of Allah took him to such a nearness to Allah, that the archangel Gabriel, made of light, said that if he accompanied him to that last station he would burn up. Now, this nearness is not in a physical sense, Exalted is Allah above such a thing.

The great Imam Ibn Daqiq al-Eid, considered the greatest scholar and mujaddid of the 7th Islamic century, was asked the following question: What is the meaning of the Prophet’s saying, pbuh, “Do not say I am better than Jonah son of Amittai” despite the fact that he said, pbuh, “I am the master of the children of Adam.” He said to his questioners, “I will not tell you until you pay off the debt of this friend of mine”, for he had a friend who had a debt, and they paid it off. So he said, “What is meant by that is: My nearness to Allah Most High during my ascent to the Tree of the Uttermost End, nay to the Divine Throne, is like the nearness of Jonah when he was in three darknesses, there is no superiority between us in that.” In other words, when Jonah prayed to Allah from within the belly of a whale in the dark depths of the ocean, he was as near to Allah as the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) when he was beyond the 7th heaven, where the lights were so powerful that they would burn Gabriel. There is a tradition: that an angel came from above the seven heavens, and one from below the seven earths, an angel from the far west and an angel from the far east, and they all said “I came from where Allah is”.

Thus just as the Mi’raj took the Messenger (pbuh) to the greatest nearness to Allah Most High, so does our Salaat prayer, for the Messenger peace be upon him told us, “The nearest a servant of Allah comes to his Lord is when he is prostrating himself”, that is, during the sujood, “so make supplications in that state.”

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Reflections on La ilaha lila Allah

Posted on February 4, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , |

http://www.usc.edu/dept/MSA/fundamentals/tawheed/lailahaillaAllah.html

That is Allah, your Lord! There is no god but He, the creator of all things: Then worship you Him : and He has power to dispose of all affairs.” (Qur’an 6:102)
Although all practising Muslims repeat the shahadah many times every day, only few understand its profound meaning, and appreciate its implications. For example, how many Muslims understand why the shahadah uses the negative form – La Ilaha ha Ila Allah (There is no Ilah except Allah), instead of the affirmative form – Allah is one; and why did the Qur’anic revelations stress this concept for the thirteen years which the Prophet (saas) spent in Mecca before migrating to Medina? To help us in understanding the answer to these questions, and in better appreciating the implications of La Ilaha Illa Allah, the Qur’an provides us with the following two facts:

All the prophets and messengers of Allah were principally teaching the same thing: La Ilaha lila Allah:
O my people! worship Allah! you have no other god but Him (Qur ‘an 7:59)
This is precisely what Noah said; Hud declared (Qur’an 7:65); and Salih affirmed (Qur’an 7:73). Shuaib gave the same message (Qur’an 7:85). The same doctrine was repeated and confirmed by Prophets Moussa, Issa, and Mohammad (saas)
“Say; Truly I am a warner: no god is there but Allah, the One, Supreme, and Irresistible.” (Qur’an 38:65)
“Say: Verily, I am commanded to serve Allah, and follow with sincere devotion his deen.” (Qur ‘an 39:11)
Many of the unbelievers who opposed the prophets did not deny the existence of Allah, nor that He was the sole creator of heavens and earth; and of human beings.
If you were to question them, “Who created the heavens and earth?” they would be sure to reply, “they were created by (Him), the exalted in power, full of knowledge “. (Qur ‘an 43:9)
“If you ask them, who created them, they will certainly say, Allah: how then are they deluded away from the truth)?” (Qur ‘an 43:87)

The Muslim scholar Abul A’la Maududi explains La ilaha illa Allah by using four basic terms from the Qur’an: Ilah, Rabb, Ibadah, and deen (see the table below). The four words, and their derivatives, are repeated many times in the Qur’an; the word Ilah (147 times), Rabb (975 times), Ibadah (275 times), and deen (94 times). Note that the word deen is an all encompassing concept dealing with life as an integrated whole. It is not restricted to the so called “religious” observances, practices, and rituals.

In the light of these four basic terms, La ilaha illa Allah means:

Allah is our Rabb and our Ilah; there is no Rabb and no Ilah except He. To Him alone we make Ibadah; and only His deen we adopt and sincerely follow.

In the light of this definition, it is clear that the whole dispute between the unbelievers and the Prophets centered around the uncompromising demand of the prophets that the unbelievers should recognize the very being whom they acknowledged as their creator, as their Rabb and Ilah (as defined in the table) , and should assign this position to none else.

There are many important consequences for appreciating the full meaning and implications of La ilaha illa Allah, including the following three:

Absolute freedom of the human conscience from servitude to, or subjection by, anyone or anything; and realization that one’s life, livelihood, and sustenance are all in the hands of Allah and Allah alone.
The natural urge for making ibadah to an ilah will be directed towards the true Ilah (Allah), rather than towards one or more false ilahs (false gods), whether they be humans, or material things.
Following the true deen of Allah gives a sense of direction, and a meaning to one’s life in the present world, and leads to success in the Hereafter.

We pray to Almighty Allah to help us in appreciating the meaning and implications of La ilaha lIla Allah, and in translating its meaning in our daily lives. Ameen.

Four terms Needed to Understand La Ilaha Illa Allah1.Ilah Rabb Ibadah Deen
Deity, God
One to be worshipped
One who has power to satisfy your needs and answer your prayer
One who is in control of your affairs
One who can comfort you; provide protection and support for you
2.Lord, Master and owner
Sustainer, provider and guardian
Sovereign, ruler and administrator
3.Ibadah
Worship and devotion
Submission and obedience
Subjection and servitude
4. Deen
Ideology
Government and constitution
Complete system (way of life)

Allah is the Rabb and the Ilah. There is no Rabb and no Ilah except He. To Him Alone we make Ibadah. Only His Deen we adopt and sincerely follow.

From Sahih Bukhari, Volume 9, Book 93, Number 469:
Narrated Ibn Abbas:
When the Prophet sent Muadh to Yemen, he said to him, “You are going to a nation from the people of the Scripture, so let the first thing to which you will invite them, be the Tawheed of Allah. If they learn that, tell them that Allah has enjoined on them, five prayers to be offered in one day and one night. And if they pray, tell them that Allah has enjoined on them Zakat of their properties and it is to be taken from the rich among them and given to the poor. And if they agree to that, then take from them Zakat but avoid the best property of the people.”

“[Faith] in One God is the most important and fundamental principle. It is the bedrock of Islam and the mainspring of its power. All other beliefs, commands and laws of Islam stand firm on this foundation. All of them receive strength from this source. Take it away, and there is nothing left of Islam.”
– Abul A’la Mawdudi, Towards Understanding Islam, Islamic Foundation, 1980 “The Islamic interpretation of monotheism is more literal and uncompromising than that of any other religion. Allah is confessed as being one, eternal, unbegotten, unequalled, and beyond partnership of any kind.”
– The New Encyclopaedia Britannica, 15th edition, 1992
“Verily, Allah does not forgive the ascribing of divinity to anything beside Him, although He forgives any other sin to whomever He wills: for he who ascribes divinity to anything beside God has indeed contrived an awesome sin.”
– [Qur’an 4:48]

   
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